Science and Society in South Africa

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We are pleased to invite you to a special plenary discussion entitled "Science and Society in South Africa".

Date: 26.06.2024
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Chair of Economic Policy, KIT, Campus South, Geb. 01.87, 5 OG, Room B 5.25, Rüppurrer Str. 1a, Haus B 76137 Karlsruhe
and online: zoom-link

About the Event:

This plenary discussion will delve into the intricate relationship between scientific advancements and societal development in South Africa. Our esteemed panel of experts will share their insights and experiences, providing a comprehensive view of how science influences and is influenced by the societal context in South Africa.


- Prof. Robin Cowan, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht Univ., Netherlands, and, Univ. Strasbourg, France
- Prof. Michael Kahn, CREST, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Assist. Prof. Moritz Müller, BETA, University of Strasbourg, France


- Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott, Econ, KIT, Germany
- Prof. Dr. phil. Ulrich Schmoch, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

Discussion Highlights:

- South Africa is economically advanced and politically stable relative to most African countries.

- However, its development falls short compared to OECD nations and its own goals.

- Challenges include the highest global GINI index, over 30% unemployment, and low life expectancy.

- Recent elections highlighted debates on unemployment and corruption, with the ANC losing its majority.

- Education, influenced by apartheid, remains pivotal; its role in societal development is crucial.

- The workshop will explore academia-society connections, racial transformations, and science governance's impact.

How to Join:

Please register for the event by filling out the form below.


We look forward to your participation in what promises to be an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the vital connection between science and society and to explore opportunities for future collaboration.

For more inforamtion click here, or contact Ramona Bodemer:



Der Gültigkeitszeitraum für dieses Formular ist abgelaufen. (13.06.2024 09:02:00 - 26.06.2024 18:02:00)